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5 THINGS: Pier School, High School and URI Sports

We're going heavy on the sports today, as a multitude of events are taking place at local venues.

Here are the Five Things for Wednesday, January 25, 2012:

Competition aplenty at the Pier School. Looking to whet that competition spirit via spectating tonight? Then the Narragansett Pier Middle School has plenty of options for you. At 5:30 p.m., the school will host its first wrestling match in more than a decade. For more information, click here. At 6 p.m., members of the MathCounts club will be competing to see the 10 members that will constitute the competing roster. For more information and the names of the competitors, click .

Boys' basketball improves to .500, tames Lions. According to a box score from The Providence Journal, the Mariners beat the Lions in a defensive struggle, 43-36. Zachary McKanna led Narragansett with 10 points, with Francis Castrovillari and Pat Degnan each scoring nine points. The win improves Narragansett's record to 5-5 in Division II play, good for four points when it comes to the state tournament and a seed in the 19 to 23 range.

Be, aggressive, be be aggressive!” The final winter sport starts tonight, as the competitive cheerleading team has a meet in Westerly. The first routines are at 7:30 p.m., and the other schools invited are East Greenwich, Exeter / West Greenwich, Pilgrim, Warwick Vets and West Warwick. Prior to tonight, the last time the cheerleaders were in competition was the season-opening Injury Fund at Mt. Hope High School on Dec. 20.

Double down on wrestling action. In case you didn't get your wrestling fill from the Pier School matches earlier in the night, the high school team is also in action. Narragansett (6-6, 6-3 Division II-South) hosts Ponaganset (9-3, 8-1 Division II-North) at 7 p.m. And, by the way, if you can't make Wednesday's meet, Narragansett hosts Middletown (2-7, 2-7 Division II-South) at 7 p.m. Thursday. Convenient, I know.

URI basketball fever, catch it! At 7 p.m. tonight, the University of Rhode Island men's basketball team will look for its fourth win of the year and its first Atlantic 10 win against St. Bonaventure. The Bonnies are the former team of URI head coach Jim Baron, who some say is on the hot seat because of his team's poor start. The Rams already have 17 losses, meaning an NCAA or NIT tournament bid is already a pipe dream, but in recent weeks sophomore Billy Baron and freshman Mike Powell have made for a decent backcourt to dream on, along with freshman forward Jonathan Holton.

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